Laycock Receives Traynor Award for Faculty Achievement

Douglas Laycock

UVA Law Professor Douglas Laycock, a leading authority on the law of remedies and the law of religious liberty, has received the Roger and Madeleine Traynor Faculty Achievement Award.

September 10, 2013

University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock has received the Roger and Madeleine Traynor Faculty Achievement Award, Dean Paul G. Mahoney announced Monday at a faculty luncheon.

"Doug is a rarity in that he is one of the nation's most prominent academics in two separate fields, religious liberty and remedies," Mahoney said.

Laycock, the Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law and a professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, joined the faculty in 2010 and is the author of the leading casebook "Modern American Remedies," the award-winning monograph "The Death of the Irreparable Injury Rule" and numerous articles in leading law reviews. His writings on religious liberty are also being collected in a planned four-volume set, two of which have been published (More). He has testified frequently before Congress and has argued many cases in the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

"This is a great surprise and a great honor," Laycock said. "There are many distinguished scholars here who have served this Law School far longer than I have. It is deeply gratifying that a committee of my colleagues would choose me to receive this honor so early in my time here."

In fall 2011, Laycock argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of a religious school and church in Michigan that the court should retain limits on the ability of employees of religious organizations to sue for employment discrimination. In early 2012, the court sided with Laycock and the church in its unanimous opinion in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a major religious liberty decision. (More)

Mahoney noted that Laycock has recently turned "his attention and his formidable analytical power to the question of religion and the culture wars."

"He has argued that religious organizations would do well to concede controversial claims to liberty in sexual matters while insisting on their own liberty not to participate in same-sex marriage, the provision of contraception, or other policies with which they disagree," Mahoney said.

The Traynor award was established in 1994 by a gift of Madeleine Traynor in honor of her husband, a former chief justice of the California Supreme Court and a visiting professor at the Law School during the 1960s. The award provides $5,000 to the recipient and is generally given every other year to a senior faculty member.

Fall 2011 Frederick Schauer
Fall 2008 G. Edward White
Spring 2008 Ken Abraham
Spring 2005 George Rutherglen
Spring 2003 John Monahan
Fall 2000 John Jeffries
Fall 1998 Paul Mahoney and George Triantis
Fall 1997 Saul Levmore
Fall 1996 Michael Klarman


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